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Comment Re: More physics than economics, and it checks out (Score 1) 206

I agree with the math right to the point where you made the money you earn equal to the amount of mass you launch. There is a base cost per launch and that makes the first "kilo" very expensive, but the last kilo very cheap. Its like saying a truck which can carry 40 tons will earn 2 times more money then a truck which carries only 20 tons. It all depends ( basic logistics ) on the size of the shipments you have and then a truck of 20 tons could be just perfect.

Comment Combination (Score 1) 659

How about a combination? I can fully imagine that for a large part of the population (or for that matter area) an electric car would be absolutely great...... if you are close to the grid. When it comes to storing energy then maybe a pressurised canister of hydrogen will do the trick better if your not close to the grid or have no time to charge for a few hours. I can even imagine that we will see some kind of hybrid a.k.a. hydrogen storage/fuel cell for the "rapid deploy" and then a battery combined with it which can also be charged from the grid. Drive train and technology stays the same, it is only the energy generation (Fuelcell with hydrogen storage or Battery) which changes

Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

Festo's Drone Dragonfly Takes To the Air 45

yyzmcleod writes "Building on the work of last year's bionic creation, the Smart Bird, Festo announced that it will literally launch its latest creation, the BionicOpter, at Hannover Messe in April. With a wingspan of 63 cm and weighing in at 175 grams, the robotic dragonfly mimics all forms of flight as its natural counterpart, including hover, glide and maneuvering in all directions. This is made possible, the company says, by the BionicOpter's ability to move each of its four wings independently, as well as control their amplitude, frequency and angle of attack. Including its actuated head and body, the robot exhibits 13 degrees of freedom, which allows it to rapidly accelerate, decelerate, turn and fly backwards."

Comment Seriously.... (Score 1) 588

40 to 41 Gb of space needed for an operating system to run a tablet. Sorry microsoft, but here is where I jump off. I am not sure what fancy operating system you build here, but 40 Gb just is a bit to excesive. There must be a way to bring this back a lot! To answer the question: YES!

Comment So I sign a contract that the law does not apply ? (Score 1) 294

Not sure how it is in the USA, but here in the Netherlands this is basically a nogo for corporations. By Dutch law a contract can never , ever go above the law and starting a lawsuit is a basic right by law. There is even a real danger for the corporation in questions that having such a clause in he contract invalidates the whole contract and the transaction falls back to "standard" terms. maybe i am a bit optimistic here but would this principle not also apply in any country, include the US of A?

Comment Isn't anybody reading between the lines? (Score 2) 589

This guy is proposing something using one of the most powerfull images / analogies we have as his inspiration. Yes , the design might be horrible, and there are a lot of reasons why some elements of his proposal would not work, frankly speaking we don't know! There are also a lot of the elements would work! If you look at his roadmap he is proposing 11 years of research and within those 11 years technologies are proposed, prototypes build etc, etc, etc. Then there is the moment of final ship design, not before! What he is envisioning is a huge platform (the amount of room we have will make it possible to use this for all kinds of things) which we can use to really explore our solar system and use the industry and momentum that this creates to get a sustainable program of the ground which will make us an true spacefaring species. He is not saying we should leap ahead and only do this when we have the 1G drive or when the Warp drive is invented. He is saying we should start with what we already are capable off and learn from it. Any argument that we have other problems which we as humanity should solve first (hunger, desease, war) are all true, but that would mean everybody should also stop doing other things, like going on vacation and buying this just to big car, etc, etc. Just think about how many launch sites we would need to get te stuff to build this Enterprise up there and where these launchsites are best located. Also think about how many jobs this creates and inventions it requires and what that does to solve te forementioned problems. There is nothing more powerfull then a common goal I for one applaud the effort he put in here and he gets my vote. I sincerely think that we as humans should make the trip. Other proposals like sending probes is like watching a football match on the television. Yes it is very exciting and maybe cheaper, but it is no where near the experience you get by actually being in the stadium! (when his website is back up a.k.a. can handle the load again i am going to read further on what his thoughts are)

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